- Brexit: Hammond’s ‘go it alone’ warning over Galileo sat-nav scheme: UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned the EU the UK will “go it alone” and build a new satellite navigation system if shut out of the Galileo project after Brexit. He said the UK wanted to remain a “core member” of the EU-wide scheme, which it has helped pay for. But if this was not possible, he said the UK would develop a rival scheme as access to the data satellites provided was vital for national security. The issue has become an emerging dividing line in the Brexit talks. The UK has demanded £1bn back from the EU if the bloc carries through on its plan to exclude Britain from Galileo, which was developed by the European Commission and the European Space Agency. (BBC News)
- Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns quits government role ‘to fight for Brexit’: A Leave-backing MP, Andrea Jenkyns has quit as a parliamentary private secretary saying she wants to “fight for Brexit”. Ms Jenkyns said PM Theresa May had her “full support” but warned “we need to leave the customs union”. She wrote that she had been unable to “give my full attention to everything” so had taken the “difficult decision” to step down. (BBC News / The Times)
- British MEPs should not quit on Brexit day, says Parliament legal report: The report carried out for the European Parliament, titled “The institutional consequences of a ‘hard Brexit’” by Dublin City University Professor Federico Fabbrini, argues that lawmakers in the Parliament and judges serving on the European Court of Justice represent EU citizens as a whole and not individual countries. The report concluded that the British MEPs and judges serving on the EU’s highest court should complete their mandates rather than being ousted on Brexit day. (POLITICO)
Jessica's practice focuses on international trade and anti-bribery work, encompassing customs, export control and sanctions matters. Jessica's trade work includes advising international clients on fast-moving and evolving EU and UN sanctions, notably in respect of Iran and Russia, and on compliance with UK and EU export controls. Her trade experience also includes advising on tariff classification and customs valuations. Jessica's anti-bribery experience includes assisting with investigations, and advising clients on compliance with anti-bribery laws. Jessica has also taken a lead role in monitoring Brexit-related developments; analysing how they will affect the UK's trading position generally, and clients' businesses specifically. She has helped clients begin to conduct risk assessments of how Brexit will impact their businesses, and has assisted them in developing tailored Brexit strategies. Jessica also presents at various seminars, webinars, and conferences on the complexities of Brexit. Jessica advises global clients on complex issues arising from international transactions and works with clients across a number of sectors including pharmaceuticals, defence, finance, aviation, energy, and telecommunications. Jessica has also worked previously in Paris, and is fluent in French.